UPDATE: One arrested as Hamilton house fire is ruled an arson

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Charlie Pritchard / Crime scene tape blocks entry to the home at at 5876 Holly St. which was seriously damaged by an arson fire Friday. Charlie Pritchard / Crime scene tape blocks entry to the home at at 5876 Holly St. which was seriously damaged by an arson fire Friday. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Friday’s fire that seriously damaged a home on Holly Street in Hamilton Township has been ruled an arson, and a 29-year-old man who lived there has been placed under arrest for the crime.

When police arrived at 4:33 p.m. Friday, July 18 at 5876 Holly St., the home was fully engulfed in smoke and flames, with fire showing through the front windows. Tanker support was dispatched to the scene to provide enough water to bring the blaze under control.

Police said the fire was determined to be suspicious. A dog was found dead on the property as well as several cats that were inside the home.

Janrv Bacolod, 29, was charged with second-degree arson and third-degree animal cruelty.  Bacolod was transported to the Atlantic County jail with bail set at $100,000 by Municipal Court Judge H. Robert Switzer. 

Police said the alleged arson was the result of a domestic disturbance. 

Janrv Bacolod, 29, was charged with second-degree arson and third-degree animal cruelty. Janrv Bacolod, 29, was charged with second-degree arson and third-degree animal cruelty. Assisting with the emergency response and the investigation were the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Egg Harbor City Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Laureldale Volunteer Fire Company, Mays Landing Fire Department, Egg Harbor City Fire Department and the Hamilton Township Rescue Squad.

When police arrived at 4:33 p.m. Friday, July 18 the home was fully engulfed in smoke and flames. When police arrived at 4:33 p.m. Friday, July 18 the home was fully engulfed in smoke and flames.

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